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Holly Ben­son, the sec­re­tary of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Ad­min­is­tra­tion, ten­dered her res­ig­na­tion, ef­fec­tive Oct. 28, ac­cord­ing to a copy of her res­ig­na­tion let­ter pro­vided by the AHCA. Ben­son, 38, was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2008 by Florida Gov. Char­lie Crist, a Repub­li­can. In her res­ig­na­tion let­ter to Crist, Ben­son wrote that af­ter meet­ing with the gov­er­nor this week to dis­cuss her fu­ture plans, it was clear that she needed to re­sign in or­der to pur­sue those op­por­tu­ni­ties. The spec­u­la­tion has been that Ben­son would run for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for state at­tor­ney gen­eral, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports. Ben­son also noted in her res­ig­na­tion let­ter that the fu­ture of health­care was be­ing writ­ten in Wash­ing­ton, not Florida’s cap­i­tal of Tal­la­has­see. Prior to be­com­ing AHCA sec­re­tary, Ben­son was sec­re­tary of Florida’s Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tion Depart­ment. Be­fore that, she was a mem­ber of the Florida House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for six years.


The Car­il­ion Clinic sys­tem agreed to sell an imag­ing cen­ter and surgery cen­ter ac­quired in a deal that met with an an­titrust chal­lenge from the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion. Seven-hospi­tal Car­il­ion does not ad­mit to an an­titrust vi­o­la­tion or con­cede the FTC’s ver­sion of the facts put for­ward in an ad­min­is­tra­tive com­plaint filed in July. An Au­gust fil­ing in the case in­di­cated that Car­il­ion had agreed to sell the cen­ters and was work­ing to­ward an agree­ment with the com­mis­sion. The pro­posed con­sent agree­ment calls for Car­il­ion to di­vest the two busi­nesses within three months to a buyer or buy­ers ap­proved by the com­mis­sion. The sale must in­clude all of the as­so­ci­ated as­sets that the buyer will need in or­der to com­pete with Car­il­ion, such as pa­tient and physi­cian records, med­i­cal equip­ment, payer and sup­plier con­tracts and gov­ern­ment per­mits. The agree­ment also in­cludes mea­sures in­tended to en­sure the cen­ters, both in Roanoke, are able to com­pete af­ter they’re cut loose.


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